Saturday, May 19, 2007

more on the attorneys

Fired US attorney David Iglesias tells the LA Times about a lunch he had a few weeks before the 2006 elections with a top New Mexico Republican lawyer called Patrick Rogers. Seems Rogers raised the whole voter fraud issue, and Iglesias told him "that in reviewing more than 100 complaints, he hadn't found any solid enough to justify criminal charges."

Guess Iglesias had one last chance to convince the Republican Party that he deserved to stick around. And couldn't. Surprise, surprise. Iglesias is under no illusions, saying that "all roads lead to (Karl) Rove," the master of electoral deception and dirty tricks, and the person pushing US attorneys to produce evidence of voter fraud.

Iglesias' account squares also with that of John McKay in Washington State, who has also said he had been pressured to bring voter fraud charges. But McKay said, "Suffice it to say that we thoroughly investigated [the election] at every appropriate turn. My job is to look at the evidence, and frankly, there wasn't any evidence of a crime."

That obviously wasn't good enough. Rove isn't really interested in voter fraud, but in suppressing the vote. Iglesias and McKay either didn't understand, or weren't ready to stoop to dubious measures to satisfy their political measures.

Which ironically DOES distinguish them from the "loyal Bushies" that Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling and others identified who have replaced McKay, Iglesias, and the other two dozen US attorneys to be forced out under odd circumstances over the past two year. Because loyal Bushies don't let the law get in the way of their political desires.



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